Friday, 26 October 2012

aerolatte Compact Heat & Froth Machine and Cappuccino Art


Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art




















I'm always keen in trying something new to make. I've tried making my own chocolate shells filled with soft centre ganache, Italian meringue buttercream and marshmallows too. Ages ago I was really interested in trying Latte Art as well.

Latte Art is where your latte is served in a cappuccino cup with a pattern on the top made from the milk and froth alone (different from cappuccino art where you use stencils). The problem is, I'll need to heat up some milk in a pot and froth it. I just can't be bothered to boil a pot of milk for a cup of drink, let it be hot chocolate or a cup of coffee. So, although I've done some sort of research (yes yes I know) I've never done anything about it.


Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art

Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art










Thanks to Eddingtons, I've discovered that aerolatte, the brand behind hand held milk frothers, has a product that not only heat just the right amount of milk in seconds, but froth it at the same time. Now that is exactly what people like I need! With it, I can make hot chocolate with cocoa powder that require hot milk. And I can pursue into the Latte Art world! Apart from the Compact Heat and Froth Machine, they've also kindly sent me the Cappuccino Art to try out on the non Latte drinks.


Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art

Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art

Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art
Right: whisking the milk while heating it at the same time














The aerolatte Compact is very easy to use. It's either hot or cold, and whisk for cappuccino (extra foamy) or paddle for hot chocolate and latte (milk with frothy top). I quickly tried making a cappuccino, and it took less than a minute to heat and froth the milk up to double the amount.


Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art
Cappuccino


It felt so good looking at that amount of fluffy cloud in the cup (or bowl), all made by myself  with the help of aerolatte's Compact . Be aware though, that in the manual it didn't ask you to put the lid on while turning the Compact on. Of course, it's a common sense that you should, but I wanted to take a picture without the lid on so I risked being splattered all over. The whisk didn't create any splatter, though the paddle did. So make sure you do cover it up while turning it on.

It is also not very easy to wash the jug purely because you have to avoid wetting the conductor at the bottom. So I had to hold the jug horizontally while trying to rinse the inside, without letting water drip down and get to the conductor.

Other than that, absolutely happy with it. I kept on experimenting with my Latte Art, so I've already made 5 cups worth of warm milk and froth within the 2 days I've received it! You can make cold ones of course but with the weather like this I rather have it warm!

Latte Art is really not that easy! So I cheated at the end and did a Latte drawing instead, where you use a toothpick (cocktail stick) to dip into the coffee and draw on the froth.


Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art
Latte












I won't give up though! And they are delicious, and frothy, and fluffy...


Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art

Eddingtons, aerolatte Compact, aerolatte Cappuccino Art
















I tested out the Cappuccino Art as well. It looked like it's very easy to use but I think I have a problem controlling the cocoa powder with one hand while the other holds onto the stencil. More of course means yummier, but there is a lot of improvements needed for the art! Looking at the bottom picture, which is my fourth attempt, I'm sure I just need a few more tried to get the perfect shape out. I'll stick to testing with my cheap hot chocolate than my expensive coffee though, pouring good coffee away is a sin!

The aerolatte Compact cost around £70 and the Cappuccino Art around £6.50. You can contact Eddingtons for stockist information or search online.


Disclosure: I was sent the above products to try and review; all opinions are honest and my own